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Exhibits & Contests | In-person Programs | Online & Broadcast Programs

This year, some One Read programs will take place in person, and some will be held online via Zoom. Please visit the links below to register to attend these events.

Exhibits & Contests

Bearing Witness: A One Read Art Exhibit
Submission period ended August 28.
View the exhibit during the First Friday Art Walk on September 3 at Orr Street Studios or online September 1-24 at www.orrstreetstudios.com.

Mini Mystery Writing Contest
Submissions accepted September 1-25.

In-person Programs

The following programs are taking place in-person. Attendance may be limited, and masks may be required at these venues. Please visit the links below to reserve a space at these events.

Bearing Witness: A One Read Art Exhibit at First Friday Art Walk
Orr Street Studios – 106 Orr St., Columbia
Friday, September 3 › 6-9 p.m.

Inspired by this year’s One Read book, Mid-Missouri artists submitted works that explore the experience of careful observation, investigation or the revelation of something previously unknown. View the exhibit and enjoy live music during the First Friday Art Walk on September 3 at Orr Street Studios. The exhibit will also be viewable online September 1-24 at www.orrstreetstudios.com.

Delve Into Crime With Skylark
Skylark Bookshop – 22 S. 9th St., Columbia
Monday, September 13 › 6-7 p.m.

One Read partner Skylark Bookshop hosts a live in-person discussion about this year’s book, “Furious Hours,” and trends in the true-crime genre. Bookseller, true crime aficionado and previous Department of Justice worker Carol Putnam will discuss how true crime books have evolved in the last few years beyond the police procedural.
Register to attend. Masks required in the bookshop.

True Crime Writer’s Workshop: How to Land on an FBI Watchlist
The in-person component of this program has been canceled. Register to attend via Zoom.

Associative Reactions: A One Read Experimental Film Showcase
Ragtag Cinema – 10 Hitt St., Columbia
Thursday, September 23 › 6-8 p.m.

Experimental cinema can often allow for more direct and personal responses than traditional forms. Attend an intimate 16mm screening of four experimental shorts that react to powerful and provocative themes in this year’s One Read book, “Furious Hours,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Pick up free tickets to this event at Ragtag starting at noon the day of the show. Masks required in the theater.

Online & Broadcast Programs

Attend or participate in the following programs from the comfort of your home. Please visit the links below to register for live Zoom events.

One Read on “Mid-Missouri Freedom Forum”
Broadcast on 89.5FM/KOPN
Monday, August 30 › 5-6 p.m.

Freedom Forum Hosts Steve Spellman and Rex Rebstock are joined by library staff to preview the community events coming up as part of One Read and an in-depth exploration of the book “Furious Hours.” Tune in for a discussion of racial politics in the deep south, the appeal of true crime, the craft of writing nonfiction and the mysterious and infamous Harper Lee.

One Read First Thursday Book Discussion With Andrea Heiss
Live event via Zoom
Thursday, September 2 › Noon-1 p.m.

From the MU School of Journalism, Dr. Andrea Heiss will lead a virtual discussion of this year’s One Read selection “Furious Hours” by Casey Cep. In addition to her expertise in journalism, Heiss has a background in nonfiction narratives of the 1960s and 1970s, including Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”
Register to receive a Zoom link.

Speaking of the Arts: Interview With Author Casey Cep
Broadcast on 89.5FM/KOPN
Friday, September 3 › 10-11 a.m.

KOPN host Diana Moxon interviews One Read author Casey Cep about the inspiration for and the research and writing of this year’s selection, “Furious Hours.”

True Crime Talk With Morley Swingle
Live event via Zoom
Wednesday, September 8 › 7-8 p.m.

Morley Swingle, author of the true crime book “Scoundrels to the Hoosegow,” as well as mystery novels, will talk about how to write true crime at this virtual event in conjunction with the One Read community reading program. Swingle is a former prosecutor and a member of Mystery Writers of America.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Panel Discussion
Live event via Zoom
Thursday, September 9 › 7-8 p.m.

Join us for this annual favorite One Read event! David Lile of KFRU will moderate a live virtual discussion of “Furious Hours” by Casey Cep with local experts. Professor Frank O. Bowman, Dr. Keona Ervin, Dr. John Evelev and Rep. David Tyson Smith will share their experiences and insights related to the One Read selection.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Throwback Book Discussion: “The Tortilla Curtain”
Live event via Zoom
Wednesday, September 15 › Noon-1 p.m.

Join us as Elaine Stewart leads a live virtual discussion of “The Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle. This book was our One Read selection in 2006.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Book Discussion With Andrea Kimura: “Furious Hours”
Live event via Zoom
Wednesday, September 15 › 7-8 p.m.

Join DBRL Board member Andrea Kimura and other community members for a virtual discussion of this year’s One Read community reading selection, “Furious Hours” by Casey Cep.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

Delayed Sequels: The Trial of Harper Lee
Live event via Zoom
Thursday, September 16 › 7-8 p.m.

This year’s One Read book, “Furious Hours” traces the challenges Harper Lee faced trying to write a follow-up to her debut, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” At this virtual talk, WWU English professor Matt Dube explores what author Casey Cep tells us of Lee’s struggles, and looks at other writers who struggled to follow up big debuts.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

Trilogy, Triptych, Tri-Fold: Three-Part Presentations in the Arts
Live event via Zoom
Monday, September 20 › Noon-1 p.m.

This year’s One Read book, “Furious Hours,” is a literary triptych, bringing together verbal portraits of Rev. Willie Maxwell, lawyer Tom Radney and novelist Harper Lee. WWU English professor Matt Dube will consider how the three portraits affect each other, and discuss other three-part presentations in the arts.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

True Crime Writer’s Workshop: How to Land on an FBI Watchlist
Live event via Zoom
Tuesday, September 21 › 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Barri Bumgarner, author and professor of education at Westminster College, will lead a writing workshop and discuss how she ended up on Dateline and an FBI watchlist. She will help you generate and develop ideas, plus you’ll have a chance to collaborate and get feedback.
Register for online attendance.

“Furious Hours” Goes to College
Live event via Zoom
Wednesday, September 22 › 7-8 p.m.

Scholars from our local colleges will discuss our One Read book from their academic perspectives, then invite audience comment and discussion. We’ll have Dr. Melinda McPherson, associate professor of forensic science at Columbia College; Dr. Carolyn Perry, professor of English at Westminster College; and Professor Randy Smith from MU’s School of Journalism.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

The Brookshire Murders: Investigating a True Crime in Mid-Missouri
Live event via Zoom
Tuesday, September 28 › 6:30-8 p.m.

In the mid-20th century, on a farm between Columbia and Ashland, murders occurred which have been a source of speculation ever since. But what really happened? At this virtual event, part of our One Read program, we’ll try to uncover the story of William Brookshire, successful attorney, state senator and convicted murderer.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Throwback Book Discussion: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
Live event via Zoom
Wednesday, September 29 › 7-8 p.m.

Join us as Ida Fogle leads us in a virtual discussion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. This book was our One Read selection in 2011.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Author’s Talk: Casey Cep
Live event via Zoom
Thursday, September 30 › 7-8 p.m.

Join One Read author Casey Cep for a live online conversation with KFRU’s David Lile about her bestselling book “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.” For more information on this speaker please visit prhspeakers.com. Submit your questions for Ms. Cep through September 23 online or by mail to the library. KOPN will also broadcast the author talk live on 89.5 KOPN.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Runner-Up First Thursday Book Discussion: “The Resisters”
Live event via Zoom
Thursday, October 7 › Noon-1 p.m.

Join members of the Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence Committee for a live online discussion of “The Resisters” by Gish Jen, the runner-up book for this year’s One Read community-wide reading program.
Register to receive a Zoom link.

One Read Throwback Book Discussion: “The Whistling Season”
Live event via Zoom
Wednesday, October 13 › Noon-1 p.m.

Join us as Jerilyn Hahn leads us in a discussion of “The Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig. This book was our One Read selection in 2008.
Register to receive a Zoom link.